UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award
2018 Recipient

The Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Shaughnessy Murphy

Shaughnessy Murphy í06, bachelorís degree in business finance

After graduating from UW-Eau Claire and earning a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, Shaughnessy Murphy’s career has progressed from working as an influential Congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., to practicing law in Eau Claire to serving as an Eau Claire County judge.

Following law school, Murphy served as a legislative counsel for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). He went on to become McMorris Rodgers’ deputy chief of staff and top policy adviser, overseeing all legislative activity including work on the Bipartisan Military Family Caucus, Down Syndrome Caucus and Hydropower Caucus.

After five years in Washington, D.C., Shaughnessy and his family moved home to Eau Claire, where he practiced law until being appointed in August 2017 by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the Eau Claire County Circuit Court. He continues to serve in that appointment through July 2018.

As a private practice attorney, Murphy worked on several transactions and issues that will have a lasting impact on the Eau Claire community, including the Confluence Project and the establishment of many new businesses.

Murphy expressed his honor at being appointed by the governor to the Eau Claire County judgeship: “Each day, as the youngest judge in the state of Wisconsin, I have the responsibility to uphold our community values, and that is an accomplishment I am very proud of.”


View the list of past recipients of this award.